Men's Basketball Uses Strong First Half to Upend Bridgewater

Men's Basketball Uses Strong First Half to Upend Bridgewater

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University men's basketball team put on a display as the team dropped Bridgewater, 88-52 Wednesday evening at the Jane P. Batten Student Center. With the victory, the Marlins improve to 7-8 on the year and 5-1 in conference action. Bridgewater slides to 7-9 on the season (2-5 ODAC).

It was first half dominance that helped the Marlins cruise to an ODAC victory. After missing their first three shots, the Marlins caught fire, going on a 17-0 run. Nicholson got things going, making back-to-back lay ups before firing home a 3-pointer. Corey Pelham then stepped up, hitting all three of his free throws after getting fouled behind the arc. Tyree Golston would finish the run with a three-ball and the Marlins would find themselves up 17-3 at the 14:31 mark.

The offense showed no signs of letting down either as the team continued to drain balls from all over the floor. Lamont Steward and Keijon Honore both found success from 3-point land, while Kelvin Nicholson finished strong on a couple attempts in the paint. Heading in for the halftime intermission, Virginia Wesleyan found itself with a comfortable 53-18 lead, the most first-half points the team has scored all season.

In the second half, the Marlins cooled down a little, but Coach Macedo was able to empty his bench early in the stanza. After all was said and done, the Marlins had 39 points come from off the bench including Josh Gray's first points of his career.

As a team, the Marlins had their best night shooting of the season, going 31-59 (52.5%) from the field. Eleven Marlins scored in the contest, led by Steward's 18. Golston and Pelham finished 13 and 10, respectively, off the bench while Nicholson finished with 10. The squad had no problem sharing the love eaither as they finished the day with a season-high 21 assists. Pelham dropped a career-high four dimes, while Golston and Tim Fisher both picked up three.

Men's basketball will return to action at 2 p.m. on Saturday as the team travels to play Lynchburg.